The WomenCare program seeks to operate with an emergency bed capacity of 50 women as well as their children. The women will be involved in the program for a period of 12 months and then they will be assessed for the efficiency of the program in equipping them with the ability to leave and engage in healthy relationships.
The expectation of the program is that 90% of the rehabilitated women who have received shelter, participation in support groups and case management will show signs of increased self-esteem, engage in healthy and safe relationships, obtain secure housing and employment and see a decrease in depression.
The identification of potential funders was conducted through a university database. The resources of the Foundation Center were utilized to identify prospective funding. The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) website was also significant in providing information on federal grants that offer support for victims of domestic violence.
Based on our grant needs, the major potential funding source of our program is a federal grant from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, or Sexual Assault Programs from the federal grant have principles that are in alignment with our goals to prevent violence against all women, protect and restore the economic security of victims of domestic violence, provide programs to underserved communities and address the issue of sexual assault against women. YWCA Texas is also a potential funder of this program alongside Maryland Small Grants Program.
Domestic violence or intimate partner violence (IPV) are synonymous terms that are used to refer to a pattern of abusive acts used by one partner in an intimate relationship to exercise control and power over the other. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC;